January 2014 - US - All Late Harvest, Dessert, Fruit, Iced Ciders and Fortified Wines

This month's Wine feature is US - All Late Harvest, Dessert, Fruit, Iced Ciders and Fortified Wines
US - All Late Harvest, Dessert, Fruit, Iced Ciders and Fortified Wines Reviews
204867
Martin Estate
2010 Gold Late Harvest Dessert Wine Napa Valley
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of golden raisin cake, dried apricot, and creamy tapioca with a silky, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, pineapple chutney and honeyed lychee accented finish. A rich, delicious dessert wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205009
Schug
2012 Late Harvest Riesling
Pure golden color. Aromas of dusty golden raisin, dried peach, and mango-carrot chutney with a fruit sweet medium body and a long, honeyed apricot and delicate smoky mineral finish. Very nicely balanced and not too sweet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205213
Sparkling Pointe
2009 Blanc de Blancs North Fork of Long Island
Silvery straw color. Aromas of brioche, lemon curd and mango chutney with a tangy, effervescent fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, vibrant sweet citrus, green apple, and spice finish. Great intensity and length.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204994
Heron Hill Winery
2011 Late Harvest Vidal Blanc
Deep golden color. Aromas of golden raisin, mango-peach chutney, straw, and yeasty sour bread dough with a sweet, supple medium-to-full body and a long, honey and spicy poached apple and pear and earth finish. A very nice arc of sweet and earthy flavors; will be great with cheeses.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205111
Johnson Estate
2012 Estate Grown Ice Wine of Vidal Blanc
Brilliant golden yellow. Earthy aromas of dusty golden raisins, honeycomb, and apricot custard with a soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a honeyed dried peach, honeyed kumquat, and toasty spiced nut finish with leafy tannins. A nice rustic, botrytized ice wine that will be a good foil for funky cheeses.
91 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204912
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Pinot Grigio Sparkling Champagne California
Pale platinum straw color. Aromas and flavors of Key lime and lemon cream pies with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a banana, Meyer lemon, and melon accented finish. Very tasty and balanced.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204913
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Red Moscato Sparkling Champagne California
Brilliant scarlet color with a blue cast. Aromas of spicy pomegranate sorbet and and rhubarb compote with vibrant effervescent and fruit sweet medium-to-full body and a dried apricot, suede and orange accented finish. Fun vibrancy and complexity.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204920
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Citrus Fusion California
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavor of passionfruit, guava, and grapefruit sorbet with a with a fruity sweet, frothy medium-to-full body and rich, long tropical fruit punch finish. A very tasty and well made dessert sparkler. Try with vanilla ice cream of passionfruit soufflé.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205112
Johnson Estate
2012 Estate Grown Ice Wine of Chambourcin
Interesting burnt sienna copper color. Meaty aromas of caramelized apricots, smoky grilled peaches, raisin buttercream, and candied ham skin with a with a silky, sweet medium-to-full body and a long, peach pie and pineapple yogurt accented finish. Very different and very good. Pair with cheeses, pies, and ice creams and "baconated" desserts.
90 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204921
Barefoot
NV Moscato
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of spiced peach, vanilla custard and nougat with a crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy apricot granita and apple cider finish. Very tasty, pure and well balanced.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204922
Barefoot
NV Red Moscato California
Aromas of cranberry chutney, spiced watermelon and nougat with a crisp, petillant, fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty candied lime and blood orange finish. Very tasty and mouthwatering.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204924
Barefoot
NV Pink Moscato California
Pretty silver pink color. Tangy strawberry sauce, apricot blossom and cream aromas and flavors with a crisp, citrus and mineral finish. Tasty.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204914
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Moscato Spumante Sparkling Champagne American
Golden silver color. Aromas of spiced nougat, honeycomb, and melon with a crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a long zesty lime sorbet and spiced peach finish. Very tasty and zippy. Try with spicy curries.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204915
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Extra Dry Sparkling Champagne California
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of pear tart, petite banana and nougat with a crisp, fruity medium body and a tangy, mouthwatering lime sorbet and melon finish. Very tasty and not cloying in the least.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204917
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Pink Moscato Sparkling Champagne California
Silvery pink color. Bright aromas of peach sorbet, golden raisin, geranium, and citrus with a crisp, spritzy fruity medium body and refreshing mineral and pear skin accented finish.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204918
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Tropical Fusion California
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, mango and coconut sorbets with a sweet tangy, light-to-medium body and a tropical fruity punch finish. Pretty candied, but very tasty. Try with ham with pineapple rings.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205212
Sparkling Pointe
2010 Brut North Fork of Long Island
Pale golden color. Aromas of vanilla brittle and apple and berry custard tart with tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, kiwi, spiced melon, leafy earth,and mineral accented finish. Very tasty and mouthwatering. Try with mushroom tempura.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205008
Schug
2010 Brut, Rouge de Noirs Carneros
Pretty crimson color. Aromas of strawberry-cranberry chutney on mincemeat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tart, plum, mulberry, and pickling spices accented finish. A fun, zesty sparkling red that will be great with spicy Asian pork dishes, bbq, or pot stickers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205215
Sparkling Pointe
2005 "Brut Seduction" North Fork of Long Island
Golden color. Aromas of tapioca, lemon meringue pie, and berry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, medley of exotic tropical fruits, spices and earth on the finish. An impressive, mature sparkler that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204925
Barefoot
NV "Refresh", Sweet White California
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of lime sorbet, nougat, and white blossoms with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a peach phosphate, apple skin, pear, and mineral accented finish. A tasty, slightly spritzy off-dry sipper for the patio.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204916
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Brut Cuvée Sparkling Champagne California
Silvery straw color. Aromas of pistachio nougat, lime curd, and peach jelly with a crisp, tangy light-to-medium body and a sweet kiwi and mineral finish.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204919
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Berry Fusion California
Bright garnet color. Aromas and flavors of watermelon and berry hard candies and sherbets with a hint of pipe tobacco a sweet frothy medium body and a tangy, apple-berry soda accented finish. A nice sweet sparkler for parties and very spicy foods.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204931
Turning Leaf
NV "Refresh", Red Moscato California
Rich garnet color. Aromas of peach custard and blossoms, Concord grape jelly, and delicate herbs with a tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a pomegranate, mineral and grass accented finish. Serve with a good chill.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205214
Sparkling Pointe
2010 "Topaz Impérial" North Fork of Long Island
Pale copper pink color. Aromas of caramelized dried fruits, custard, and sweet spice with a tart, medium body and a lemon, grapefruit, moss, and spiced toffee finish. Interesting, try with cheeses like gouda and Brunost.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204923
Barefoot
NV Sweet Red California
Dark garnet color. Aromas of baked cherries, honey roasted almonds, cedar plank with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and raisin, prune, and cranberry sauce finish. A pleasant off-dry red for bbq and tailgating. Also try as a sangria base.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204926
Barefoot
NV "Refresh", Summer Red California
Bright garnet color. Aromas of strawberry custard and spiced cherries with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, chalk accented finish.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204930
Turning Leaf
NV "Refresh" Moscato
Light golden straw color. Floral peach blossoms and soda and nougat aromas with a crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy spiced apple and melon finish. A pleasant off-dry sparkler.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204908
Vino de los Muertos
NV Blanco Dulce American
Pale silver straw color. Aromas of peaches, soy, and pickled melon with a supple, sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy, honeyed apple, mineral, and pink peppercorn accented finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204929
The Naked Grape
NV Moscato
Pale golden color. Aromas of nougat, golden raisin, and dried peach with a fruit sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy apple, spice and earth finish.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204907
Vino de los Muertos
NV Rojo Dulce American
Dark garnet color. Aromas honeyed cherries and strawberries with a soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy orange sherbet and honeyed craisin finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204928
Madria Sangria
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of maraschino cherry, strawberry and watermelon sorbets with a fruity light body and a fleeting raisin, green starfruit, and cherry pit finish. Underpowered.
83 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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